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2019 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program:  Celebrating the Legacy of World War II Nisei Military Service and Encouraging Future Military and Public Service

The Japanese American Veterans Association announces its annual Memorial Scholarship Program for 2019.   The scholarships will benefit a range of graduating high school seniors, advanced undergraduate students, and post graduate and professional education students.  

The scholarships include The Inouye Memorial Scholarship ($5,000) honoring the late US Senator Daniel K. Inouye’s iconic career of military and civilian public service;  the JAVA Founder’s Scholarship ($3,000), which is awarded in memory of JAVA’s founder, the Colonel Suano Phil Ishio, USAR, his wife Constance and his son Douglas Ishio;  as well as several JAVA Memorial Scholarships ($1,500).

Descendants of those who served in the 100th Battalion, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, or the Military Intelligence Service, as well as descendants of World War II Nisei soldiers from other units are eligible.  Current members of JAVA whose membership began prior to April 1, 2017 are eligible to apply.  Children of current JAVA members may also be eligible to apply if the applicant’s parent or guardian was a member of JAVA prior to April 1, 2017. 

In the case of the Senator Inouye Memorial Scholarship, applications also will be accepted from any past or present member of the Army’s 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry.  Special consideration will be given to eligible applicants who demonstrate their lifelong commitment to public and uniformed service leadership for the nation, e.g., participating in military commissioning programs while in college.

      Applicants should first review published rules and forms. Applications and supporting documents must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2019, to javascholarship222@gmail.com  with either “2019 Inouye Memorial Scholarship”, “2019 Founder’s Memorial Scholarship”, or “2019 JAVA Memorial Scholarship” and the applicant’s name in the subject line. Applications not received by that date or that fail to meet the submission requirements will NOT be considered. Applicants will be notified of a decision by late June 2019.


2019 JAVA Memorial Scholarship Program Instructions here.

2019 JAVA Inouye Memorial Scholarship here.

2019 JAVA Founder's Scholarship here.

2019 JAVA Memorial Scholarships here.





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